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Earthlings by Sayaka Murata is a book I really wanted to love but just didn’t. I read and loved Convenience Store Woman and was hoping Earthlings would be just as odd and insightful and though provoking. It was all of those things but just too much. I don’t mind odd/weird books but this one just wasn’t for me. The writing is still amazing and I will for sure be picking up Murata’s next book.
Edited to add: some great discussion of this book in the Newest Literary Fiction group (Dec 2020 group read) has helped me with the ending, which I can see now as a metaphor either for the self-destructive tendencies of trauma victims (pessimistic take) or for breaking down one’s dysfunctional beliefs/behavior patterns and being born-again, so to speak, with a new way of seeing your place in the world (optimistic take).
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